Board membership is by ministerial nomination and appointed by the Governor in Executive Council. Nominations are made to ensure that the Board includes members who have skills and experience that are drawn from appropriate fields relevant to the functions of the Board including early childhood education and care and school education. The Board is accountable to the Minister for Education and Child Development.
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She is the current Vice President and past President of the private sector federal body, the Australian Childcare Alliance.
Ms Atkinson has been a prime ministerial appointment to two National Childcare Advisory Councils and has been a Board Member of the National Childcare Accreditation Council for five years.
She was Telstra Business Woman of the Year – Business Owner in 1998 and recipient of a Centenary Award for services to the Community – Children’s Services awarded by the Governor General.
Ms Atkinson has been a teacher with the Education Department and is now focussing on early childhood education and care through her own businesses. Her businesses are responsible for the operation of four long day care centres (two rural and two metropolitan), and an outside school hours care service as well as a registered training organisation.
Category: Member – Term: 2 years – Term End: 28 February 2020
In addition to her B.A. and LL.B from the University of Adelaide, Sarah has a Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance from the Governance Institute of Australia Ltd, of which she is a Fellow. Sarah is also a Member of the Australian Institute of Directors, a Member of the Association of Corporate Counsel and a Member of the Law Society of South Australia. Sarah’s first book How to Avoid a Fall from Grace a guide book for Australian Directors on their legal duties was ranked as a #1 best seller on Amazon after its release in 2015.
In 2015 Sarah was the recipient of the South Australian Telstra Business Women’s Award in the Start-Up category for her innovative firm, You Legal.
Sarah is the Chair of the Seniors Information Service Inc. a charitable and inclusive organisation providing information, support, programs and advice to South Australians on the ageing and disability journey.
She has a strong background in the use of narrative assessment in the Early Years and has provided professional learning across Australia on this topic. Over the past three years Ms Ryan has been involved in the Adelaide Thinkers in Residence Partnership Group for the Rinaldi Residency which has been researching the principles of the Reggio Emilia Educational Project within South Australian contexts.
Her current educational interest is building a view of children as competent citizens in their local communities and developing systemic documentation processes that reflect an image of children as competent learners and provide a meaningful basis for professional learning for educators.
He is a member of the Teachers Registration Board of South Australia. His professional experiences include twenty-three years as a Principal in Catholic primary schools, five years as a Principal Consultant in Catholic Education SA and three years as a Senior Adviser in School Reform. Mr Vieceli commenced in his current role as Assistant Director at the start of 2012.
Ann is an education consultant specialising in the development and implementation of qualification standards and quality assurance systems. She advises governments, government agencies and education institutions and sits on the governing boards for education-related agencies in Australia and overseas. Her experience spans higher education, vocational education and school education. Ann was the executive head of the Australian Qualifications Framework Council from 2008 until 2013 when she left to pursue her consulting practice. During that time, she led the review of the Australian Qualifications Framework and was the principal architect of the AQF 2011 and 2013 editions. Prior to this, Ann was a senior executive in the South Australian Government responsible for the quality assurance of vocational education and non-university higher education. During this decade, she played a significant role in shaping national tertiary education policy and served on and supported national committees in the sector at the highest levels. She has held senior teaching and policy positions in tertiary education and holds a Master of Education, Diploma of Education (graduate) and a Bachelor of Arts.
Category: Member – Term Start: 1 July 2018 – Term End: 30 June 2021
Dr Neil McGoran is Director of Catholic Education South Australia with responsibility for 103 Catholic schools comprising 46,000 students and 6,000 staff across metropolitan and regional South Australia.
As an educator, Dr McGoran is interested in the needs of young people in the 21st Century, in the context of an evolving, globally-focused and digital world.
Dr McGoran was previously Chief Executive of the SACE Board of South Australia, from 2013 to 2017, where he was instrumental in leading a program of transformational change.
Dr McGoran has over 25 years’ experience in education in roles including teacher, principal, senior administration and management.
Category: Member – Term Start: 1 July 2018 – Term End: 30 June 2021
Karen Weston is the Executive Director, Strategic Policy and External Relations in the Department for Education and Child Development. She is responsible for facilitating quality strategy and policy development within the department, ensuring a best practice approach and strategic and coordinated key stakeholder engagement with both internal and external departmental stakeholders.
For 16 years Karen has held several positions in the Victorian public service in both the Department of Human Services and the Department of Education and Training. Her policy reforms include the national early childhood quality reforms, development of Australia’s first early childhood curriculum framework and state reforms related to parenting programs and transition to school. Karen has also been responsible for regulating over 4000 education and care services in Victoria and for changes to information sharing provisions related to children and young people’s wellbeing and safety. Her work has included building stakeholders relations in both the early childhood and schooling sectors and working in partnership with universities on research.
Karen embarked on her career in education by co-founding Kindergarten Parents Victoria (now Early Learning Association of Australia) in 1990, a peak body representing over 900 members. The organisation was established to promote, develop and sustain the delivery and management of educational programs accessible to all young children, and to provide ongoing advice to kindergarten committees of management. From there Karen served in various elected positions with Early Childhood Australia (Vic Branch, President and Treasurer), chaired advisory committees and provided consulting and project management services, before joining the public sector.
Karen holds a Master of Education from the University of Melbourne and has been an accredited assessor under the National Quality Framework for Education and Care Services and is a member of the Education Standards Board of South Australia.
Category: Member – Term Start: 17 October 2017 – Term End: 28 February 2020